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Curriculum Overview and Essential Questions

Overview of Curriculum 2014-2015

  English Social Studies World Language
Grade 9
Class of 2018
Academy English 193:
World Literature
Academy Social Studies 193:
World History, Part I: 
Beginnings to 1450 C.E.
Academy World Language 193:
Mandarin Chinese
 
Teacher:
Christopher Morgan GBN               847-509-2483
Teacher: 
Benjamin Widner
GBS
847-486-4646
Teacher: 
Hong Wu
GBS
847-486-4273
Grade 10
Class of 2017
Academy English 293:
World Literature
Academy Social Studies 293:
World History, Part II: 
1450 C.E. to present
(with preparation for AP World History Exam)
Academy World Language 293:
German
 
Teacher:
John Allen
GBS
847-486-4486
Teacher:
Scott Williams
GBN
847-509-2639
Teacher:
Laurie Fraser
GBS
847-486-4515
Grade 11
Class of 2016
Academy English 393:
American Literature
(with preparation for AP English Language and Composition Exam)
Academy Social Studies 393:
United States History
(with preparation for AP US History Exam)
Academy World Language 393:
French
 
Teacher:
Kerry Galson
GBN
847-509-2477
Teacher:
John Meyer
GBS
847-486-4640
Teacher:
Scott Field, GBS
847-486-4514
Grade 12
Class of 2015
Academy English 493:
World Literature
(with preparation for AP English Literature and Composition Exam)
Academy Social Studies 493:
21st Century Global Challenges
Academy World Language 493:
Spanish
(with preparation for AP Spanish Exam)
 
Teacher:
Karena Nelson
GBN
847-509-2493
Teacher:
Matthew Whipple
GBS
847-486-4496
Teacher:
Christina Cosgrove
GBS 
847-486-4838

 

Essential Questions for Study

In their four years together, Academy students and their teachers freely cross disciplines, cultures, and centuries. The Academy faculty deems the following questions essential because they nurture reflection and discussion on identity, expression, perspective, change, conflict, and truth—concepts that define us as individuals and bind us as a learning community.
 
Identity
What groups, formal and informal, do humans create and belong to?  How do groups shape identity?
How do humans create voice and identity through form and structure?
What role does national identity play in forming individual identity?  What role does personal imagination play in shaping national identity?
How can we better understand others’ perspectives and other cultures’ values? 
How do we consider and evaluate the various sources at our disposal?
 
Expression
Do spiritual and material pursuits result in greater happiness or wisdom for humans?
What can stories tell us about what it means to make sense of the world?
How do history, literature, and languages shape us? What happens when we interpret history, literature, and languages through lenses of gender, race, social class, family, community, or personal experience?
What is the role of language in global issues?
 
Perspective
How has technology affected humans’ relationship with the earth?
How do humans succeed or fail to co-exist?
What is the American definition of success?  What roles do convention, creativity, and fulfillment play in this definition?  Are there alternative definitions? 
How can we better understand others’ perspectives and other cultures’ values? 
How do we consider and evaluate the various sources at our disposal?
 
Change
Why and when did inequality among humans emerge?  With what consequences?
What has caused the reconception of the universe and how have humans handled new ideas?
What have we gained, or lost, through progress?
How do increasing globalization and accelerating technological change affect us?
 
Conflict
What are the notable achievements of “Eastern” and “Western” civilizations?  Are such distinctions valid?
How do individuals and societies deal with extreme anxiety?
What is the place of questioning authority in the American identity?
What forces affect our understanding of the world?
 
Truth
What is education?  What ends does it serve?  What voices and groups tend to control discussion and inquiry?
As readers, writers, speakers, listeners, and thinkers, how do we work together in a mutually satisfying and productive way?
From what sources do we derive our values and beliefs?  Do we freely choose them or are we programmed by history and culture?
What can be expected as a result of an Academy education?